Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pepe Hillo

title page of Pepe's book on bull fighting
Salvete Omnes,
 let us travel a bit in time and space - to the sunny Spain during the rule of the Bourbon kings, before the armies of Progress arrived with Napoleonic standards and left Spanish lands in shambles for the most part of the XIX century.
It is the story of one famously popular  Spanish XVIII century torero  who had fought the bulls in the Spain's bull rings, wrote a book, published in 1796, about the art of la tauromaquia (corrida de toros) and then they said a 'toro bravo' he himself had chosen killed him in the 'plaza de toros' in Madrid.
And  Francisco Goya  created several print showing this torero (above and below el torero in death and in the link Pepe Hillo in action) - part  of a series of prints known as La Tauromaquia.
Pepe-Hillo or  rather José Delgado Guerra is considered as one of the creators of the modern Spanish bull-fighting, along with Pedro Romero and Costillares.
He was killed by a brave bull called Barbudo in front of many spectators including Her Majesty the Queen Maria Louisa on May 11, 1801 in Madrid.
two Spanish prints showing his actions and untimely demise
Prints from his book La Tauromaquia o Arte de Torear - showing horses, picadores and the removal of the killed toro bravo

                                                                    ..  vae victis



Dario T. W. said...

two interesting books from archive
The black Legend -
La leyenda negra -
1. https://archive.org/details/LaLeyendaNegraMiguelMolinaMartnezAnexosDeB.KeenL.HankeC.GibsonJ.JuderrasP.W.Powell

2. https://archive.org/details/laleyendanegrayl00jude

Dario T. W. said...

meantime, in the US they have disregarded the Constitution, especially the due process of law - generally, due process guarantees the following (this list is not exhaustive):

Right to a fair and public trial conducted in a competent manner
Right to be present at the trial
Right to an impartial jury
Right to be heard in one's own defense
before one is being pronounced guilty,
ever since the Hollywood arrived in public eye with the Weinstein's high crimes and misdemeanors (about which all pertinent parties had known about and approved if even condoned for long time) nowadays we have madness, chaos and havoc from top to the bottom, and the law of the land is the last thing anyone has in mind - perhaps well deserved.
this is the latest debacle - http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/18/laura-ingraham-ive-known-kavanaugh-for-25-years-if-this-can-happen-to-him-tremble-for-our-country.html